A member of the Russell Group of the UK's 20 top research-intensive universities Queen's University Belfast is an international centre of innovation and excellence, providing world-class education underpinned by world-class research.
The University has a proud heritage. Founded by Queen Victoria in 1845 as Queen's College Belfast, it is one of the oldest universities in these islands, becoming an independent university in 1908 and celebrating its Centenary in 2008.
As the Times Higher Education Entrepreneurial University of the year in 2009, and winner of the THE Outstanding Engineering Research Team of the Year in 2010, Queen's is uniquely recognised for its leadership role in society and its life-changing research.
The University is a global player in areas from cancer studies to sustainability, wireless technology to creative writing and from pharmaceuticals to sonic arts.
It has won the Queen's Anniversary Prize for Further and Higher Education, part of the national honours system, on four separate occasions – for world-class achievement in green chemistry, environmental research, palaeoecology and law.
The most recent UK-wide research assessment exercise (RAE), in 2008, confirmed Queen's as a major global force in research. The RAE identified world-class research across all academic disciplines, and the Research Power Index, which measures the quality and quantity of research, placed Queen's in the top 20 universities in the UK.
Queen's led the programme for the Improvement of Cancer Services in Northern Ireland, in collaboration with local Health and Social Services Trusts. This initiative, recognised internationally for its excellence, has led to the formation of the Comprehensive Cancer Centre and to significantly improved cancer survival in Northern Ireland.
World-class researchers in Queen's Centre for Secure Information Technologies, the UK’s lead centre in cybersecurity, are working to safeguard the ‘Internet of tomorrow', while the work of Queen’s poets in the Seamus Heaney Centre for Poetry reinforces the University's role as a world literary force.
Later this year, the University will open a £15 million Postgraduate and Executive Education Centre, incorporating Queen's University Management School and a bespoke Leadership Institute, to meet the needs of global and local business.
The global dimension is crucial to Queen's future success. Its researchers work closely with universities around the world and the University is committed to enhancing these links still further. Among its dynamic partnerships are academic links with leading institutions in India, China, Malaysia and North America.
Queen's believes that an exceptional university must offer an exceptional and life-changing student experience. The value of the learning experience at Queen’s was underlined in 2009 by the Quality Assurance Agency (QAA), which assesses the quality and standards in universities and colleges across the United Kingdom. The assessors said Queen's meets its highest level of confidence in the management of academic standards and in the quality of the learning opportunities it offers its students.
The University attracts students from some 80 countries who come to Belfast to study at one of the best-equipped campuses in Europe, and innovation in the curriculum is a constant priority. Queen's was the first university in Ireland to offer a BA in Politics, Philosophy and Economics, while the first graduates to emerge from the highly competitive degree in Actuarial Studies graduate in summer 2011.
Entrepreneurship is the lifeblood of the University's students, and Queen's graduates are much sought after by local, national and international employers, including blue-chip companies, the City of London and the professions. They also sustain the development of Northern Ireland companies, and act as a magnet for talent and inward investment.
The University contributes some £700 million to the local economy, is one of Northern Ireland’s largest employers and makes an immense contribution to the region's skills resource and economic capability. Queen's has also created more than 50 businesses, generated around 1,000 high-value jobs and is a UK leader in terms of spin-out turnover.
Located in the heart of Belfast, which is only an hour away from all major UK destinations, Queen's is easily accessible from across the globe.
For more information, visit the Queen's website at http://www.qub.ac.uk